London: Rory McIlroy is desperate to see golf make its Olympic bow in Rio in 2016, but is happy at the moment to settle for supporting girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in the London tennis event.
McIlroy, the world number three, travelled to Wimbledon after taking part in the British Open at Royal Lytham where he finished 15 shots behind winner Ernie Els on Sunday.
"It's something I am excited to do because when I started playing golf, I never thought that I would be able to play in an Olympics or be able to experience some things that other athletes experience," said McIlroy.
"So I think in that way it will be an unbelievable experience.
"For it to be in the Olympics and for it to be an Olympic sport is great for golf because it will grow the game around the world."
After watching Wozniacki hit with Great Britain's Laura Robson at Wimbledon on Monday, McIlroy admitted that he will have to skip his girlfriend's Olympic campaign as he is due to play a tournament in the United States next week.
"Hopefully, I will go to the opening ceremony on Friday and then maybe if Caroline plays on Saturday, I will be able to watch her," he said.
"Then I am gone on Sunday, so I won't get to see that much of it but I will obviously be keeping a close eye on the television."
Meanwhile, Andy Murray was back on the All England Club courts on Monday, two weeks after his dream of becoming Britain's first Grand Slam champion since 1936 ended in tears in his Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer.
"I think all the players are looking forward to the tournament. It's obviously the biggest sporting event in the world," said Murray.
"I've got doubles with my brother (Jamie) so I have a lot to look forward to."